Saturday, January 20, 2007

Scrubbing bubbles

Since the oldest child started college this semester (could you please choose some classes that don't require 13 books?) we've had to analyze our spending habits.

Eating out - less frequent
New carpeting - delayed
Backyard landscaping - not this season
Flat screen TV - dream on baby

But nothing else compares to the major sacrifice of:

Cleaning service - fired

What this means, of course, is that I spent the morning cleaning the bathtub. And I feel I need to share this experience with you.

No matter what product I use, or how much elbow grease I employ, I still see dirt on those non-skid strips on the bottom of the tub.

While I very much appreciate the bathtub industry for caring so much about my welfare (because if I fell in the shower I'd break my right hip and crush my wrist and everyone in my life would suffer right along with me, I promise) I do not enjoy sharing my bath with millions of dead skin cells embedded in the sandpapery surface on the bottom of the tub.

Why is it that professional house cleaners can handle this challenge and I cannot? It is a conspiracy?


MsAPhillips said...


And be careful. That stuff's for real.

Thommy said...

I have been VERY tempted to purchase the scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner.

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

Tilex, Mold and Mildew does the trick.

Spray it on, leave it for a while and then go at it with a plastic scrubber (Steel wool scratches, I think).

My dad showed me this trick. Then he lovingly told me he had Tilexed all my teacups white for me again.

When they're not cleaning up my house without my knowledge they're leaving chemical residue on my eating utensils, gods bless 'em.

Anyway, it does work, at least from what I've observed. I even use it in the toilet bowl.

JC said...

This sort of hassle is why we choose to leave our house in its natural state.

Kath said...

Baking soda beats them all. Non-toxic and super cheapo!

Dott Comments said...

Thanks for the tips (especially yours, JC, but Babycakes won't let me get away with that one).

I'm off to Costco now to purchase the large economy sizes of Tilex and Baking Soda. After all, I can also clean my toilet and teacups ... well, not with the same scrub brush.

If these remedies work I might post a photo of the squeeky-clean tub.

mk99 said...

To get it in a clean state - I highly recommend the Mr. Clean pads. Those things remove everything from anything.

Once you have it clean - the Automatic Scrubbing Bubbles thing really works to maintain clean.

This coming from someone who hates with a capital H to clean.

Dana said...

I'm a sucker for those "Spray-on Leave-on" products, especially the smell-good ones. But they just don't work for me. That's why I spent last Saturday morning in my tub with Ajax and a scrubber.